Shakespeare in Love

January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

One of the more clever movies to come around…and it took me a while as well. If you’re like most of us, Shakespeare is no doubt the influence behind what is now every major motion picture. It was said that there are no original stories anymore—Shakespeare wrote them all. This movie concentrates (a bit) on just that.

Shakespeare in Love follows the life of a young William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) and his struggle to finish his latest masterpiece, Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate’s Daughter or as we know it, Romeo and Juliet. However, when he meets Viola De Lesseps (Gwenyth Paltrow) his writer’s block becomes a thing of the past. She is also falling for him and wants to be in his play (Romeo and Juliet), but in the day, it was forbidden for a woman to act on stage. All the acting was done by pre-pubescent boys (and there’s a little laugh associated with that in the movie), dressed up as women.

With a great cast that includes Ben Affleck, Judy Dench and Geoffrey Rush along with director, John Madden, make this story one to understand and even love. To me, it made Shakespeare make sense and I’m not even much of a Shakespeare fan.

Bottom line is that for all of you who thought “Saving Private Ryan” should have one best picture, this is the reason why it didn’t. Shakespeare in Love is truly a great movie, entertaining and full of a lot of laughs (really) and is money well spent. You won’t regret it!

Video: How does it look?

Excuse me? Yes, this is no typo…a superb 16:9 transfer from Disney?!?!? One of the best ever, a new movie adds to the richness of the colors, but the Oscar winning sets look great as does every other aspect of this movie. Top notch!

Audio: How does it sound?

Suprisingly good sound. True, it’s not a “shoot ’em up” action movie with explosions and bullets, but it has a great depth and good general ambiance. The sound is rich and full and keeps all five point one channels humming away.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This is a basic movie-only version done by Disney, there is a Special Edition coming out with all the goodies that should rightly be on this DVD, but it’s all about marketing…

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